The closed beta for Amazon’s New World has gone live, and while plenty of gamers are enjoying the game, players who have systems equipped with RTX 3090 graphics cards are having their gaming rigs ruined when playing the upcoming MMORPG.
Reports on the New World subreddit indicate that trying to launch New World while using an RTX 3090 will sometimes cause it to completely fry, forcing those impacted to contact manufacturers for refunds or replacements. The issue seems to be affecting EVGA RTX 3090 cards more than other GPUs, though it’s worth noting that people who use other versions of the 3090 have reported problems with overheating and dangerous power spikes.
The New World team hasn’t yet officially recognized the issue nor offered advice on avoiding it or any fixes. Many experiencing problems are saying that the lobby is causing the issues, with insane FPS spikes for extended periods of time causing GPU temperatures to get out of hand and then the hardware problems begin. But others are also reporting that they’re getting into a game and playing for a while before things start. Usual tricks like V-Sync or FPS caps don’t seem to be fixing it, either.
Overall, this is quite a bizarre issue, and hopefully, Amazon and EVGA will be able to identify what’s causing this problem to occur (players are theorizing that there’s not an FPS cap on the menu screens, causing GPUs to render 9000+ FPS). If you’re an RTX 3090 owner, I highly recommend that you avoid playing New World until Amazon and EVGA release an official statement on the matter and confirm that the issue has been solved. You might be okay if you decide to play the game, but I wouldn’t take the risk — especially since the RTX 3090 is incredibly pricey and is in very short supply. Notably, the RTX 3090 isn’t the only graphics card that folks are reporting issues with, but it’s certainly the most prominent and expensive.
New World is available for $40 for preorder now, and is expected to fully launch on August 31 on Windows 10 (and Windows 11). Notably, preordering will give you access to the closed beta. Amazon is aiming to bring a high-quality MMORPG experience to PC gamers around the globe with New World, although whether or not the game has the depth to hang with the best PC games on the market remains to be seen. Bricking $1,500 graphics cards certainly isn’t a good start.
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